Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Cover reveal: Rua

by Miranda Kavi
Release Date: 3rd September, 2012

Official Blurb:

A girl with an unknown destiny.

A boy from a hidden world.

When Celeste starts at a new school in a small, Kansas town, she hears whispering voices, has vivid nightmares, and swarms of blackbirds follow her every move. She is oddly drawn to aloof Rylan, the other new student who has his own secrets.

The exact moment she turns seventeen, she wakes to a bedroom full of strange creatures, purple light emanating from her hands, and Rylan breaking in through her bedroom window.

He knows what she is . . .

Intriguing and deeply romantic, RUA is page-turning YA novel with a supernatural twist.

This cover is absolutely stunning, don't you think? The way the colors flow, the pattern going up her neck and the model herself are absolute beautiful. Once again I can only love this design by Claudia @ Phatpuppy Art.

And lets not forget about the blurb because it sounds SO intriguing I wish I could read it right now! This beauty is already in my wishlist, what about you?

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Book Review: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits

by Katie McGarry
Release date: 31st July, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 384 (eARC thanks to NetGalley)

Summary from Goodreads:

"I won't tell anyone, Echo. I promise." Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. "You didn't do that-did you? It was done to you?" No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.

So wrong for each other...and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Cover reveal: Senshi (Katana #2)

by Cole Gibsen
Series: Katana #2
Release Date: 2012

Official Blurb:

No official blurb yet.

If you have read my review of Katana then you probably know that I liked it enough to want to read the sequel.
And I truly believe this cover is WAY better than the first book cover.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

World Wide Covers! #3 (My new meme)

Hello everyone and welcome to World Wide Covers!, woohoo!

A quick recap:
What is this about? Well, most book lovers also enjoy pretty covers, right? Pretty covers help the selling of certain books improving the attention they may get. And we like to stare at them for as long as we can.
But what about the covers of other countries? What about the marvelous covers some publishers release for the books? We never get to see them unless we go looking for them.

This is were World Wide Covers! steps in. Maybe I will post a comparison or maybe I will show you a certain cover for a graphic novel. Some news you may find interesting.
From where? Everywhere! Japan, Korea, India, Brasil, Spain, Italy, Germany, etc, etc.

Can you participate? Of course, the more the merrier, right? So here are the rules:
- Create a post using the meme button sharing some love for the covers we don't usually find.
- Credit my blog, Librarian Mouse, by mention it or linking back here.
- Have fun!
There is nor a special day to post this meme since you may find pretty covers any day but I will try to stick to Thursdays as long as I can.

This week World Wide Covers! features City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.

City of Bones US cover

I'm sure everybody knows this cover and this amazing series, right? No surprises here, of course but, have you seen the Bulgarian cover?! No?! Well, enjoy it because it is really pretty. I'll be showcasing the next ones in the forthcoming weeks ;)

City of Bones

by Cassandra Clare
Release date: 10th February, 2010
Publisher: ИБИС

Summary from Goodreads: (translated by Google)
A thousand years ago the angel Raziel mixed his blood with human and created Nephilim. Human, poluangeli, they roam in our world, invisible, but always near us - they are our protectors.

They call themselves Shadow Hunters.

Shadow Hunters follow the laws written in the Gray Book, given to them by the angels. Their mission is to protect our world from invaders coming from other dimensions and called demons - creatures that roam between the worlds and destroy everything in its path. Shadow Hunters are tasked to keep the peace among Dolnozemtsite: human, poludemoni known to us as witches, vampires, werewolves and fairies.

In its mission are supported by the mysterious Silent Brothers, whose lips and eyes are sewn. Silent brothers took over the city of bones, city cemetery, located beneath the streets of Manhattan, which kept the bodies of dead hunters of shadows. Silent Brothers keep records of every Shadow Hunter since its birth. Among them are and the Deathly Hallows, the three sacred objects that the angel Raziel gave to their children: Sword, Mirror and Boca.

For a thousand years the Nephilim guarded the Deathly Hallows. But that was before the uprising, for which almost destroyed the secret world of the Shadow Hunters. Though Valentine, the Shadow Hunter that caused the uprising, is long dead, the damage he left behind hasn't being wiped away yet.

It's been fifteen years and the rumor that Valentine is back and brings with him an army of soulless means death is coming...

I fell in love with the US covers from the moments I saw them, the models were good (if not amazing!), the background city captures the eye very easily and the brightness it has is very seductive, don't you think?

But I also LOVE the Bulgarian cover. The concept is the same, the colors change a little bit and it's obvious they wanted to keep it very similar but whoever draw this is AMAZING! The guy's hair looks cool while his tattoos and that wicked expression complete the whole thing :]

What do you think about it?
Would you buy it?
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Cover reveal: Days of Blood and Starlight (UK Edition)

Days of Blood and Starlight
by Laini Taylor
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2
Release Date: 8th November, 2012

Official Blurb:

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a new way of living - one without massacres and torn throats and bonfires of the fallen, without revenants or bastard armies or children ripped from their mothers' arms to take their turn in the killing and dying.

Once, the lovers lay entwined in the moon's secret temple and dreamed of a world that was a like a jewel-box without a jewel - a paradise waiting for them to find it and fill it with their happiness.

This was not that world.

And the UK cover is out! What do I think about it? I like it A LOT. But, do I like it as much as the US cover? I'm not really sure... I think the combination of fire with the deep blue sky making contrast with the stars is really nice and true to the book's name. Specially if you picture the tips of the fire as blood.

The main question, at least for me is, will I buy the US edition or the UK edition? ... ... ... I don't know!!! Oh man, I have the UK edition of Daughter of Smoke and Bone but, but... the US cover for this book is sooooo pretty too!

Sorry but I can not choose, not yet xD What about you, guys? And, just in case you haven't seen it before, this is he US cover.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Tour Book Review + Giveaway: Wake


by Amanda Hocking
Series: Watersong #1
Release date: 7th August, 2011
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages: 309 (eARC provided for blog-tour)

Summary from Goodreads:

Gemma seems to have it all—she’s carefree, pretty, and falling in love with Alex, the boy next door. He’s always been just a friend, but this summer they’ve taken their relationship to the next level, and now there’s no going back. Then one night, Gemma’s ordinary life changes forever. She’s taking a late night swim under the stars when she finds Penn, Lexi and Thea partying on the cove. They invite her to join them, and the next morning she wakes up on the beach feeling groggy and sick, knowing something is different.

Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. But her new powers come with a terrifying price. And as she uncovers the truth, she’s is forced to choose between staying with those she loves—or entering a new world brimming with dark hungers and unimaginable secrets.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Cover reveal: Red Dawn

Red Dawn
by J.J. Bonds
Series: Crossroads Academy #2
Release Date: 28th August, 2012

Official Blurb:

Katia’s done running. She’s fought fiercely to protect her identity, her secrets, and those she loves most. And while it hasn’t been easy, she’s finally making peace with the past. Katia’s even looking forward to the start of a new school year at Crossroads Academy.

Too bad things at Crossroads are going to be a little different this fall. There are new rules, new students, and new relationships. Katia quickly discovers that navigating the halls of Crossroads is as complicated as ever.

When a friend’s life is at stake, Katia will be forced to choose between the safety of Crossroads and an enemy more dangerous than any she’s ever faced. Will Katia have the courage to risk it all -including her life- for a friend?

The cover looks awesome, right? Well, the amazing Rachel from Parajunkee is the one who designed it and right now she is co-hosting a giveaway with J.J.Bonds in which you can win:
- A premade template or $50 Parajunkee Design Credit.
- A digital copy of Crossroads (book nº1)
- A digital copy of Red Dawn (book nº2)
You just need to click HERE so don't forget to enter soon, it will last 6 more days!

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Friday, July 20, 2012

World Wide Covers! #2 (My new meme)

I know it's Friday and this meme was supposed to be on Thursday but (and you can laugh all you want) I thought that yesterday was Wednesday... Sigh... So, anyway, Welcome to World Wide Covers!

A quick recap: What is this about? Well, most book lovers also enjoy pretty covers, right? Pretty covers help the selling of certain books improving the attention they may get. And we like to stare at them for as long as we can.
But what about the covers of other countries? What about the marvelous covers some publishers release for the books? We never get to see them unless we go looking for them.

This is were World Wide Covers! steps in. Maybe I will post a comparison or maybe I will show you a certain cover for a graphic novel. Some news you may find interesting.
From where? Everywhere! Japan, Korea, India, Brasil, Spain, Italy, Germany, etc, etc.

Can you participate? Of course, the more the merrier, right? So here are the rules:
- Create a post using the meme button sharing some love for the covers we don't usually find.
- Credit my blog, Librarian Mouse, by mention it or linking back here.
- Have fun!
There is nor a special day to post this meme since you may find pretty covers any day but I will try to stick to Thursdays as long as I can.

This week World Wide Covers! features Legend by Marie Lu.

Legend US cover

As you can see the US cover is very simple -and shiny- but it doesn't give information about the book itself. Nonetheless, I think it's a pretty cover.

June & Day legendary warriors

by Marie Lu
Release date: 28th May, 2012
Publisher: Shinchosha

Summary from Goodreads:
What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.

The Japanese cover design was done by Tatsuyuki Tanaka. And who is this guy? Well, if you are familiar with the movie Akira then you may know he was part of the design staff.

For those of you that didn't know there are a few exciting things about Legend going on right now so keep reading ;)

A game, created between Marie Lu herself, CBS Films and Wicked Sweet Games was recently released in Facebook! Cities of Legend will let you choose sides and fight for what you believe.

And since Marie Lu is a very versatile girl some of the character design comes straight from her! You can check her devianArt page HERE, her portfolio as a Graphic Designer HERE and her blog HERE.

The film adaptation of Legend is currently in progress (the director was chosen a few days ago) and hopefully we will be hearing more news about it very soon.

Would you buy it?
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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass

by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Release date: 7th August, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Pages: 416 (eARC thanks to NetGalley)

Summary from Goodreads:

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men—thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the kings council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Book Review: Half-Blood


by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Covenant #1
Release date: 18th October, 2011
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Pages: 281 (paperback copy bought by me)

Summary from Goodreads:

The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi-pure-bloods-have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals-well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.

Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden.
But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem... staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Cover reveal: Natural Born Angel

Natural Born Angel
by Scott Speer
Series: Immortal City #2
Release Date: April, 2013

Official Blurb:

Maddy explores her Angel heritage—and struggles to get her wings—as the Angels and the humans head for a showdown.

Life turned upside down for Maddy Montgomery when she found out she was half-Angel and was catapulted into the scene of flashbulbs, paparazzi, and fervent adulation that comes with
being in the celebrity Angel world.

And now Maddy must face the most difficult choice of her life. She’s been offered the chance to become a Guardian. This means dangerous and high-stakes training, with no guarantee that she can succeed. But more than that, it would mean leaving her mortal life behind—forever— and allying with the Angels at a time when their relationship with humans is heading for war...

Just like the first book in this series the cover looks really pretty and, at least for me, very alluring. As does the blurb :D
What I like the most? Her wings. They don't look like the typical angel wings, you know? They have a very different feeling.

Hopefully I'll be able to read Immortal City before this one comes out.

What do you think about it?

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Cover reveal: Hooked

by Liz Fichera
Release Date: 29th January, 2013

Official Blurb:

A Native American girl joins an all boys' varsity high school golf team in Phoenix, Arizona.

This book will be Liz Fichera's YA debut novel. The cover looks simple but pretty although it doesn't say much about the book.
But that single line of the blurb makes me want to read it right now... it sounds so intriguing!!!

A new addition to my wishlist :D

World Wide Covers! #1 (My new meme)

Hello beautiful people!
For a long time I've been thinking about creating a new meme for Librarian Mouse and I finally finished it... Welcome to World Wide Covers!

What is this about? Well, most book lovers also enjoy pretty covers, right? Pretty covers help the selling of certain books improving the attention they may get. And we like to stare at them for as long as we can.
But what about the covers of other countries? What about the marvelous covers some publishers release for the books? We never get to see them unless we go looking for them.

This is were World Wide Covers! steps in. Maybe I will post a comparison or maybe I will show you a certain cover for a graphic novel. Some news you may find interesting.
From where? Everywhere! Japan, Korea, India, Brasil, Spain, Italy, Germany, etc, etc.

Can you participate? Of course, the more the merrier, right? So here are the rules:
- Create a post using the meme button sharing some love for the covers we don't usually find.
- Credit my blog, Librarian Mouse, by mention it or linking back here.
- Have fun!
There is nor a special day to post this meme since you may find pretty covers any day but I will try to stick to Thursdays as long as I can.

The first World Wide Covers! post is about the Japanase cover for first Iron Fey book, The Iron King.

Iron King US cover

So far looks like the book, in Japan, is separated in two parts, hence both covers.

One-way ticket to the Labyrinth under Fairy Princess Dreams

by Julie Kagawa
Release date: 15th July, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Japan

Summary from Goodreads:
Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth - that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

And now... Opinions! Oh. My. Goodness!!! I mean... if you like manga or anime then I'm CERTAIN you LOVE these covers, right?! They are simply amazing!!! Meghan, Ash, Puck and Grim look exactly how I pictured them... I could stare at them (specially Puck and Ash) for hours.
I wish I could buy these editions right away, even if I don't understand a word of Japanese, hahaha.

Also, thanks to Julie's post about the covers I found the FB Page of the illustator which you can visit and Like HERE.
And if by any chance you wish to have one of these covers as your desktop then click HERE.

There are no news about a graphic novel or anime adaptation yet but who knows... Dreaming is free, right?

Would you buy them?
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News: "Salvaged Pieces of a Werewolf Lost" is out!

A dear friend and author contacted me last night. Elizabeth Kolodziej is behind The Last Witch series - Vampyre Kisses and Werewolf Descent -. I've read both and enjoyed them very much (to read my review just on click the names). In fact my favorite character is Zou Tai just because he is funny, sexy, caring and a werewolf! ... Did I mention he is sexy? And his name?! I love it!

That's why when Elizabeth contacted me to let me know a novella about Zou Tai was hitting the market I could only begin to jump up and down :D
She also told me that right now the novella is on sale but if you are a Prime Member then you can read it for FREE!

And in case you want to share the happiness and excitement this is what I'm talking about ;)

Salvaged Pieces of a Werewolf Lost
by Elizabeth J. Kolodziej
Release Date: 13th July, 2012

Official Blurb:

Zou Tai is lost after learning his birth caused his blood to be connected to the evil King Lycaon, the original werewolf. Needing to find answers about his lineage he decides to go to Japan and seek the elder monk.
However, the worst of it all happens when he is told one of the Thirteen Werewolf Warriors is killed by Japanese vampires. Knowing the warriors are the strongest of any other werewolf, the prince of werewolves grows suspicious over the death of his beloved friend. Especially after he finds out Tadashi was in love with a female human, breaking a law that is punishable by death.
When he locates the woman Tadashi loves, more questions are raised when she points the finger at Zou Tai’s cousin and magistrate, Deshi. With more questions than answers Zou Tai is pitted between his friends and the laws that bind him. But why would the magistrate have wanted to kill Tadashi? And how were the crazy Japanese vampires involved?

*This novella takes place after Werewolf Descent, (book 2 in The Last Witch Series)*

If you liked it, you can order it here:

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Cover reveal: Clockwork Princess

Clockwork Princess
by Cassandra Clare
Release Date: 19th March, 2013

Official Blurb:

In Clockwork Princess, Tessa and her companions travel all over the world as they race to stop the clockwork army before it’s too late. As Jem’s health worsens alarmingly and his friends search desperately for a cure, can Tessa choose between the two boys she loves—even if it means never seeing the other one again?

Oh. My. Goodness!!! Have you seen it?! No?! Yes?! Oh, just look at it again and rejoice! :D

It is B-E-A-UTIFUL. I don't think there is nothing else I need to say, right? 'Cause, you know, I need time to recover... This kind of beauty tends to be too much of a shock.

Anywho, as always the cover for Cassandra Clare's books are just too stunning and wonderful. Everything from her dress, to the book, the city and her expression complete a picture that speaks lots by itself.

What do you think about it? Are you eager to read the third book of The Infernal Devices?

Friday, July 6, 2012

Cover reveal: Shades of Earth (Across The Universe #3) and I'm upset...

Shades of Earth
by Beth Revis
Release Date: 15th January, 2013

Official Blurb:

The final book in the trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis!

Amy and Elder have finally left the oppressive walls of the spaceship Godspeed behind. They're ready to start life afresh--to build a home--on Centauri-Earth, the planet that Amy has traveled 25 trillion miles across the universe to experience. But this new Earth isn't the paradise that Amy had been hoping for. Amy and Elder must race to uncover who--or what--else is out there if they are to have any hope of saving their struggling colony and building a future together. But as each new discovery brings more danger, Amy and Elder will have to look inward to the very fabric of what makes them human on this, their most harrowing journey yet. Because if the colony collapses? Then everything they have sacrificed--friends, family, life on Earth--will have been meaningless.

So here I am, getting angrier and angrier by the second... Why? Well, I don't know about you but I love to have matching covers. It is, perhaps, one of the most important things about a series, specially when I look at my shelves. You see, every time my eyes pass by and I notice that I have different covers (or sizes) for the same series it HURTS. Like hell.

And I'm not kidding, I even cringe.

My point? I just noticed that Razorbill (AKA Penguin) made the cover reveal for Shades of Earth, the final book in the Across the Universe series. And it looks nothing like the previous books. At all. The worst part? They won't release a matching cover.
On the contrary, they will release new editions of Across the Universe and A Million Suns to match the thrid book cover.
And the three books will look like this:

Honestly? I don't like them that much. They certainly look different and it will increase the market which is why they are doing this. And I respect that. But they could, at least, release a few books for us, crazy people, that like to have matching covers.

So yeah, this is my opinion and you could even say I'm exaggerating. Maybe I am. But it's because I care.

I would love to know your opinion about this and to know if you, also, like to have matching covers.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Summer Reads Giveaway Hop

Once again here I am participating in one of the giveaways organized by I Am A Reader, Not a Writer and Rex Robot Reviews. Thanks to both of you for your hard work :D

Summer reads are, usually, fun and light books that will make your heart flutter and let you with a smile on your face by the end of it.

But you can also choose whatever book you want, so no worries.

You will need to fill the Rafflecopter form and... that's it. The prize? One lucky winner will get $15 to buy a book from The Book Depository. So, as always, it's international :D

A small list of the books I would recommend:

But the choice, of course, is yours :] So as along as you like it (and it doesn't surpass $15) you can order it!
Please, keep reading so you can see the Rafflecopter form and good luck!!! ( just click on "Continue reading").

Cover reveal: Scarlet

by Marissa Meyer
Release Date: 5th February, 2013

Official Blurb:

This book will feature Cinder and Little Red Riding Hood and will take place in France.

"Scarlet" is based on Little Red Riding Hood. It continues Cinder’s story as she attempts to escape Queen Levana’s vengeance and learn more about her past. The story also introduces readers to Scarlet, a girl living in southern France whose grandmother has mysteriously disappeared. In order to find her, Scarlet seeks the help of Wolf, a street fighter with more than a few mysteries of his own."

Love it. Do I need to say more? I've heard so many good things about Cinder that it's waiting for me in my TBR pile... if only I could read faster (and my family quit all the drama) I would be able to get to it soon, sigh.

But life is life and we can do anything about it so for now here I am, staring at the pretty cover and wondering what will happen in this book. The fact that it's going to have Red Riding Hood in it makes it even more appealing... that's one of my favorite fairytales!

I hope to love this series so much! :]

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (13) feat. Stormdancer

- "Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted in Breaking the Spine. This meme spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
- If you want to participate add your "Waiting On Wednesday" to the linky list in her post!

This week my WoW goes to Jay Kristoff's debut book: Stormdancer. Why? Because since I set my eyes upon the UK cover I've been DYING to read it. And then the unexpected happened... The cover reveal for the US edition blew me away. Completely. Nothing was left of my sanity and I decided I was going to buy both editions. Yep, you read that right.
Reasons? Well, I'm getting to love steampunk books a whole lot now but, a steampunk book which plot develops in some sort of ancient Japan is just too awesome to be healthy. Can you imagine it? 'Cause after reading the blurb all I wanted to do was stare at both covers for a very long time.

And why my love for those covers? Let's see: The UK cover gives me some sort of peaceful feeling, of fullness, of honor if I may say. Very zen like, if you know what I mean.
The US cover in other hand is the complete opposite, it speaks of war, of blood and a girl ready to fight whatever comes in her way.

That's why Stormdancer is my WoW this week... and every other week too xD

UK Edition

by Jay Kristoff
Release Date: 1st September, 2012
Series: The Lotus War #1

Official Blurb:

Griffins are supposed to be extinct. So when Yukiko and her warrior father Masaru are sent to capture one for the Shogun, they fear that their lives are over. Everyone knows what happens to those who fail him, no matter how hopeless the task.

But the mission proves far less impossible, and far more deadly, than anyone expects – and soon Yukiko finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in her country's last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled griffin for company. But trapped together in the forest, Yukiko and Buruu soon discover a friendship that neither of them expected.

Meanwhile, the country around them verges on the brink of collapse. A toxic fuel is slowly choking the land; the omnipotent, machine-powered Lotus Guild is publicly burning those they deem Impure; and the Shogun cares about nothing but his own dominion. Yukiko has always been uneasy in the shadow of power, when she learns the awful truth of what the Shogun has done, both to her country and to her own family she's determined to do something about it.

Returning to the city, Yukiko and Buruu plan to make the Shogun pay for his crimes – but what can one girl and a flightless griffin do against the might of an empire?

US Edition

by Jay Kristoff
Release Date: 18th September, 2012
Series: The Lotus War #1

Official Blurb:

The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once rich in tradition and myth, now decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, the land is choked with toxic pollution, and the great spirit animals that once roamed its wilds have departed forever.

The hunters of Shima's imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger – a legendary creature, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows the beasts have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.

Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a talent that if discovered, would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her.

But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.

The name of each edition will take you to it's proper page in Goodreads in case you want to add it too :D

What about you guys, what are your WoW this week?

Monday, July 2, 2012

Book Review: Sins of the Angels

Sins of the Angels

by Linda Poitevin
Series: Grigori Legacy #1
Release date: 27th September, 2011
Publisher: Ace
Pages: 325 (paperback copy bought by me)

Summary from Goodreads:

When homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis is assigned a new partner in Aramael, a Guardian Angel who doubles as a hit man, they have only one thing in common: a fallen angel hell-bent on triggering the apocalypse. Now they have no choice but to work together-relentlessly, fearlessly, intimately. Because only they can stop the rogue angel from ushering in the end of days.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Book Review: Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent

Before I Wake

by Rachel Vincent
Series: Soul Screamers #6
Release date: 26th June, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 346 (paperback copy bought by me)

Introduction from Goodreads:

I died on a Thursday-killed by a monster intent on stealing my soul. The good news? He didn't get it. The bad news? Turns out not even death will get you out of high school...

Covering up her own murder was one thing, but faking life is much harder than Kaylee Cavanaugh expected. After weeks spent "recovering," she's back in school, fighting to stay visible to the human world, struggling to fit in with her friends and planning time alone with her new reaper boyfriend. But to earn her keep in the human world, Kaylee must reclaim stolen souls, and when her first assignment brings her face-to-face with an old foe, she knows the game has changed. Her immortal status won't keep her safe. And this time Kaylee isn't just gambling with her own life....